Super Mario Bros. controlled with a theremin

The original Super Mario Bros. is a timeless classic that has been hacked to freaking death. Tons of different mods have been created to control Super Mario Bros. without using the original controller and this mod is no different.

Players will use the theremin to control Mario and it kind of gives us a glimpse at what to expect from Natal. Youtuber consquerearth explains how this mod works:

The sound from the theremin is split into its frequency and amplitude components in real time, which are then mapped to values in a linear scale representing the X and Y axis. Pitch becomes horizontal control, and Volume becomes vertical control.

The X and Y scales are then cut up into different zones. In this case, Left; Right and dead zones for the horizontal, and a single trigger and dead zone for the vertical. The trigger zones are then mapped onto a virtual joystick hooked into an emulator.

The bars on the screen are there to give the player a visual aid to see how in tune they are with the controls. The mod can also work with a person’s voice via microphone, guitar and a violin.

Hit the jump to check out the video of the Mario controlled by theremin. consquerearth uses the theremin to play videogame related music too, all of which are on his Youtube. Speaking of theremin songs, be sure to check out this absolutely beautiful Daft Punk cover using a theremin, Jam Sessions and other instruments all in one take.

[Via Gizmodo]

Hamza Aziz